Mazda has finally launched an all-electric car. It’s a crossover called the MX-30 and, according to reviewers, is quite exciting to drive, but can it pass the moose test?
The challenge, designed to replicate what happens when you quickly swerve to avoid an obstacle on the road and then try to get back in your lane as quickly as possible, has proved to be very tricky for several new vehicles.
Nonetheless, the MX-30 managed to pass it at 79 km/h (49 mph), 2 km/h (1 mph) higher than the targeted speed, with Km77 calling it a satisfactory result. Equipped with 18-inch wheels shod in 215/55 Bridgestone Turanza tires, it felt nimble and easy to handle. It slightly oversteered, but the ESC kicked in every time and increased traction. The MX-30 performed well in the slalom test too.
Packing an electric motor that puts out 141 HP (143 PS / 105 kW) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque, it is powered by a 35.5 kWh battery pack. It supports DC fast charging up to 50 kW, meaning that it can be juiced up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, and offers a range of 124 miles (200 km) in the WLTP cycle.
Priced from £28,545 ($38,144) in the UK, excluding the £3,000 ($4,009) government grant, the MX-30 comes as standard with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, navigation system, reversing camera, a head-up display and others. Apart from the entry-level grade, the range also includes the Sport Lux and the GT Sport Tech top-of-the line trim level, as well as the First Edition.